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Brenna’s Take on the News: Grammar, guns and Trump

Here are some of the headlining issues of Wednesday, Oct. 7:

Trump supporters inherently worse at English somehow

As a product of the media’s deep, unadulterated love for covering Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, the Washington Post published the article liberals have been wanted since the beginning: Trump supporters are in fact inferior to any other voter.

At least when it comes to grammar. A study recently came out from Grammarly, a private proof reading company, shelling out numbers that essentially say Trump supporters overwhelmingly leave more typos and grammar errors in their comments on Trumps Facebook page. See the numbers in the Washington Post article and how they break down here.

Although everyone regardless of political affiliation is guilty of some amount of improper grammar, the study found that as a general trend, supports of republican candidates had more typos and fewer unique words than those who supported Democratic candidates. Before liberals can celebrate their innate superiority, let’s remember that the Republicans have nearly three times as many candidates, which leaves many more opportunities keyboard warriors to do their damage.

That being said, maybe the grammar of Trump supporters is not the element of Republican primaries we should be worried about.

Ben Carson and guns: a complicated, out-of-touch relationship

In act of sheer disregard of anyone’s feelings or any common sense, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson has made the internet rounds with his statement after the shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon on Oct. 1.

“I would ask everybody to attack the gunman because he can only shoot one of us at a time. That way, we don’t all wind up dead,” he told ABC News Tuesday, Oct. 6.

There are many alarming things about this statement: first, the implication of victim blaming. Second, the idea that everyone rushing a mass shooter with a “safety in numbers” approach is somehow more effective than just passing common sense gun legislation. When did it become the public’s role for everyone to somehow defend themselves like trained SWAT team members in place of the government doing their job?

And to that, Carson, all I have to say is, “Sure, right after you.”

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